Editorial | I Canít E-Van

Posted 10:46am Sunday 8th October 2017

On Tuesday OUSA President Hugh Baird hosted a competition to give away the old OUSA van to an assiduous student. Thirty students signed up to spend hours standing on the union lawn touching the van. Competitors were allowed two toilet breaks at times of their choosing. They weren’t allowed any Read more...

Extreme Haunted Houses

Posted 10:53am Saturday 30th September 2017

“People piss themselves, shit themselves,” says Rory Foley casually as he shows us through the empty prison. Foley delights in terrorising people, for charity. It’s a grim place to walk around. The Dunedin Prison was completed in 1896 and used for over a century until its Read more...


Posted 11:43am Sunday 24th September 2017

When did you last ask your mum about her sex life? Melody Thomas did it on national radio. Bang! is a Radio New Zealand podcast series on sex, sexuality and relationships. Real people tell real stories about their sex lives to producer Melody Thomas. Thomas loves audio storytelling. A lot of Read more...

Otago Student Wins Brain Research Award

Posted 11:04am Sunday 24th September 2017

PhD student Ashwini Hariharan was awarded the Best Student Poster Presentation at the 35th Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research held in Queenstown between 1-6 September 2017. Hariharan’s research is in brain vascular dysfunction; problems in brain blood flow and Read more...

Editorial | Podcasts

Posted 10:30am Sunday 24th September 2017

After all the complaints we received about last week’s editorial, I’d like to say at the outset that this editorial represents the views of Critic, Radio One, everybody at OUSA, the university staff, and the entire student population of Dunedin. By reading this, you must agree with Read more...

A Little Bit Danker

Posted 11:51am Sunday 17th September 2017

Tokerau (Toki) Wilson (Rarotongan) is the co-creator of the genre Māori/Pasifika Goth. Defining Māori/Pasifika Goth was “kind of a joke when we made a video to promote the show. It was just me and Wairehu Grant (Tainui), talking to the camera, asking that question, ‘What is Read more...

Aotearotica Editor Talks Sex and Sexuality in Dunedin

Posted 10:38am Sunday 3rd September 2017

This week is the New Zealand Young Writers Festival, a fantastic range of talks and workshops that Dunedin is lucky to host. One of the events is Pleasure and Pain: Writing about Sex and Sexuality. The editor of NZ erotica journal Aotearotica Laura Borrowdale is speaking to Pantograph Punch’s Read more...

Editorial | Do some art

Posted 10:18am Sunday 13th August 2017

It’s Art Week. Here’s one of my favourite quotes: “If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing badly.” G. K. Chesterton said that. Before you say that explains Critic, let me elaborate. If you adhere to the better-known version of the quote, “if something is Read more...

Editorial | Inspirational travel quotes

Posted 10:28am Sunday 30th July 2017

“Travel while you’re young and able. Don’t worry about the money, just make it work. Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be.” An awful quote, a false attribution, a terrible font, set on a background of some cliff-face you are supposed to want to climb. To Read more...

Diesel or Die

Posted 12:18pm Sunday 23rd July 2017

Houses were left open, bodies of the undead lying in the stairways, semi-naked beside the corpses of burnt couches in front gardens, and on barely intact balconies. As the bus slowed, turning to pull in behind a Toyota Starlet that had its front windows smashed and “Sink it Cunt” Read more...

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Lucy Hunter

2017 Editor